Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark

In today's globalized market, sustainability and transparency in manufacturing have never been more crucial. The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® is a comprehensive tool designed to evaluate manufacturers on a range of vital sustainability dimensions, ensuring partners and clients can make informed decisions based on best practices in the industry.

  • Traceability: An increasingly important factor in global supply chains, traceability assesses the manufacturer's capability to track products and materials from origin to delivery. The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® explores this through the lens of tiered supplier verification, culminating in end-to-end traceability with real-time monitoring and complete transparency.

  • Digitized Products: The digital landscape has transformed B2B interactions. This facet assesses the extent to which manufacturers have digitized their product offerings. The spectrum ranges from manufacturers without any online product catalog to those boasting advanced B2B e-commerce platforms, providing clients with order customization, real-time tracking, and an integrated view of the supply chain.

  • Readiness to Contract: Before entering a partnership, it's pivotal to understand a manufacturer's business legitimacy. The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® checks for the presence and verification of essential documents, ranging from basic business licenses to comprehensive documentation, client testimonials, and even third-party attestations that verify a manufacturer's reliability and readiness to contract.

  • Preferred Materials: This aspect gauges the extent to which manufacturers incorporate sustainable, circular, and regenerative materials in their supply chain. It assesses whether companies merely use standard materials or whether they actively prioritize sustainable and preferred materials in their product range, even going so far as to offer digital verification of material certificates.

  • Facility Verification and Services: This dimension evaluates the openness and commitment of manufacturers regarding their facility's conditions and services. It covers a spectrum, from providing no facility details at all to showcasing comprehensive third-party audits, ensuring transparency in worker welfare and showcasing a clear commitment to maintaining top-tier facility services.

The Sustainable Manufacturers Benchmark® will be launched in November 2023 and is at the forefront of evaluating and promoting sustainability standards in manufacturing. Manufacturers who are members of CommonShare can update their information up to four times a year, ensuring up-to-date and accurate representation of their sustainability practices.

Obtaining a grade for each Manufacturer

We specifically look at 5 dimensions: Traceability, Digitization of Products, Readiness to Contract, Preferred Materials, and Facility Verification & Services. Each Company obtains a grade between 1 to 5 for every dimension, 5 being the highest (best) grade, and 1 being the lowest. We then calculate the average from the total of all the dimensions to obtain the final grade.

Facility Verification & Services

Facility Verification & Services critically assesses a manufacturer's or supplier's facility transparency, commitment to worker welfare, and safety standards. Key elements examined include facility details, third-party audits, and the availability of worker-centric services and amenities. This assessment empowers businesses to align with partners who emphasize transparency, uphold facility integrity, and prioritize the well-being of their workforce, thereby advancing a more responsible and ethical future within the apparel industry.

Variables used:

Does the manufacturer provide any details on their facility or undergo any third-party audits for verification?
Are basic facility details readily available, and is there a stated commitment to undergo third-party social audits in the near future?
Has the manufacturer completed at least one third-party social audit, and do they have a clear commitment towards worker welfare and safety?
Can the manufacturer provide evidence of multiple third-party social audits conducted over different time periods, and do they offer multiple on-site services or amenities for their workers?
Is the manufacturer consistently conducting comprehensive third-party social audits, and are they transparently shared to showcase an exemplary commitment to worker welfare and top-tier facility services?


Comprehensive third-party social audits regularly conducted, transparently shared, showcasing top-tier facility services and exemplary commitment to worker welfare.
Multiple third-party social audits across different time periods showcasing consistent commitment, and multiple on-site services or amenities for workers.
One completed third-party social audit available, and commitment to worker welfare and safety.
Basic facility details available with commitment to undergo third-party social audits.
No facility details or third-party audits provided.